Caught in Play How Entertainment Works on You

ISBN-10: 0804761116
ISBN-13: 9780804761116
Edition: 2009
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Book details

List price: $23.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 5/28/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

Most of us have become so immersed in a book or game or movie that the activity temporarily assumed a profound significance and the outside world began to fade. Although we are likely to enjoy these experiences in the realm of entertainment, we rarely think about what effect they might be having on us. Precisely because it is so pervasive, entertainment is difficult to understand and even to talk about. To understand the social role of entertainment,Caught in Playlooks closely at how we engage entertainment and at the ideas and practices it creates and sustains. Though entertainment is for fun, it does not follow that it is trivial in its effect on our lives. As this work reveals, entertainment generates commitments to values we are not always willing to acknowledge: values of pleasure, self-indulgence, and consumption.

Foreword by Bradd Shore
Acknowledgments
Caught Up in the Game
Romantic Realism
Romanticism and the Birth of Consumer Culture
Role Playing
Looking Under the Hood
Meta-Action (the Bird's-Eye View)
Romance and the Romantic
Play and Agency in Legal Drug Use
The Oscillation Between Boredom and Stimulation
Entertainment and Our Understanding of the Self
Conclusion
Notes
References
Index

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